Instant Gratification with On-Demand Apps in San Francisco

This summer, Tech in Motion San Francisco gathered at Geekdom to celebrate the companies that make up a huge part of SF’s tech culture–on demand apps. In SF almost anything can be delivered–from groceries to cookies to in-home massages. Tech in Motion dove head first into the newest and hottest apps that give us instant gratification on a daily basis.

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Members flooded the space around 6 p.m. and began circling the room to explore the companies demoing. They were pleasantly surprised to find a wide variety of apps ready to show off their products.

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The Tech in Motion team made the rounds at the event to explore what each app had to offer. The companies were as follows:

Doorman – Doorman promises to make sure you never miss a package delivery again. They’re working to change the frustrating reality of mail delivery and ensure that you get your packages when you’re home and available. They gave out promo codes for delivery at the event and wowed members with their practicality.

Doughbies – On demand cookie delivery. Doughbies promises homemade cookies within 20 minutes. They deliver to the SF area and are looking to expand as they grow. The company brought homemade cookies to the event and they were quite a hit!

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Heal – Heal is bringing back the house call. They deliver doctors to your home for $100 a visit. The best part? They can schedule appointments up until 8PM so you no longer have to miss work for a doctor’s appointment! They handed out coupons for first appointments at the event.

LiquidSpace – LiquidSpace is the Airbnb for office spaces. They provide on-demand rental for workspaces and have a wide range in size, price and location. They’re located all over the world and headquartered in the Bay Area. In a community of startups and small companies they impressed the Tech in Motion members by giving them an alternative to coworking spaces.

Scoot – Scooter rentals for the Bay Area. Scoot offers instant access to scooters that allow anyone to zip around San Francisco. Each scooter comes with a helmet and classes are offered to teach first timers how to drive their scooter. The highlight of their booth was the full size scooter displayed for members to admire.

Shuddle – Shuddle offers an Uber-like service for kids. The company provides background searched drivers to parents to drive their kids to and from activities. Rides are scheduled ahead of time, can be tracked in real time and each driver has prior experience working with kids.

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Shyp – Shyp is working to make the shipping process easier overall. They will ship anything to any destination. They pick up items and pack and ship them to give a seamless shipping experience. The highlight of their booth was a promo code and exclusive Shyp SF bags.

Social Print Studio – Social Print Studio specializes in transforming Instagrams into printed materials. They give instant access to photo books, magnets and more. They make great gifts for the Instagram lover! Their booth had promo codes and colorful photos of cats in space.

VetPronto – The on-demand service made for pet owners. VetPronto offers house veterinary appointments for animals of all shapes and sizes. Rather than dragging sick animals into the car, the service is delivered to your house when it is convenient for you. The highlight of their booth was branded doggy bags.

Zeel – On-demand massages. Zeel brings hour massages to the home or the office. They do specials at work and home including group sessions and couple massages. They’ve become very popular with the startup scene in SF and even brought a massage table to the event!

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SF Tech in Motion members were impressed with the ten demo companies present at the event. Each app proved to have a different purpose and idea behind them. When a handful of attendees were asked which table was their favorite, the answers were all over the board–every startup was mentioned at least once among the favorites.

As the night came to a close, members gathered up the last of the snacks, drinks and freebies. They traded contact info with the other members and left with new apps on their phone – and a renewed appreciation for the on demand culture. Don’t miss San Fran’s next event August 20th: One Giant Tech Mixer.

Exploring Reality, Musicality and Beyond in Philadelphia

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It was a dark and stormy night, but for the June event in Philadelphia, the show still went on to both amuse and bemuse the senses of attendees. Several fantastic demo companies came out despite the stormy weather to display the innovations they are working on in music tech and virtual reality. Local techies came down to City CoHo to experience modernizations such as apples that transmit sound and glasses that can virtually take you to the other end of the world. The high energy group buzzed around the exhibits set up around the room to learn more about what is happening in these industries.

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Rob Hardcastle of DYIM came out to exhibit his social music experience. The device lights up in different colors throughout the evening as attendees came by to try it out. This innovation allows people who might not be so musically inclined to create sounds through simply pressing different buttons. The creator, Hardcastle, says that DYIM really “allows people with no musical experience to express their musical thoughts and dreams.”

Below, Edge of Nostalgia founder presented his app to the audience during the lightning round introductions. Throughout the evening, he showed off how to turn ambient noise into interactive sound and eventually a type of music.

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Did you ever think you could make music by squeezing apples? Sam Cusumano of Electricity for Progress showed off his BioData Sonification technology doing just that. Using interactive controllers and headphones you can hear sound in real-time – transmitted through the apples.

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Drexel University’s ExCITe Center came out to show off the research projects being produced in their space by students and beyond. The ExCITe Center specializes in interactive technologies and collaborative projects, with many focused in the music tech space.

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Greenfish Labs demonstrated their Virtual Reality software and applications that they develop for clients. Techies got to not only hear about it, but also try on a pair of goggles and see it in action

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A local meetup group, VR Philly, got to come out and experience the latest and greatest in the VR field. Local tech enthusiast Scott J. Ross said, “The VR scene is still so small and embryonic, we need events like this to meet collaborators face to face”. It was great to see this community come together with Tech in Motion.

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Temple University’s BEEP showed off a few innovations developed with their Electroacoustic Ensemble. One local techie said, “I was extremely impressed by the entrepreneurial ambition of tonight’s event. This is what makes the future”.

Dr. Adam Vidiksis, who leads this group, has a similar mindset with the goal of increasing technological literacy among its participants and audience.

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Dj CUTMAN of GameChops provided the tunes for the evening and kept the audience going. He debuted with Tech in Motion at our Gaming Expo last October and we were excited to have him back to hear what was new in the mix.

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Special thanks to Kurant Cider and Ole Smoky for providing refreshments for the evening.  Guests enjoyed the unique flavors of the cider and moonshine samplings. Dan from Ole Smoky got to try out the Google Cardboard our sponsors, Workbridge Associates and Jobspring Partners, brought out.

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This event showcased several local innovations within the musicality and reality space, an often over looked arena in Philadelphia. VR and Music Tech crowd out at events in the future – join Tech in Motion Philly to be a part of the next event!

Toronto Gamers Unite!

Tech in Motion Toronto sprang into spring with an exciting interactive gaming demo at MaRS Discovery District! Hosting four exciting development companies in the Toronto gaming scene, Gaming Interactive: Demos & Drinks gave Sago Sago, Trompo Games, Throw Away Games and Bluish-Green Productions a chance to show members behind-the-scenes development of their latest games.

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As the first “gaming”- themed Meetup since the early days of the chapter in 2013, Tech in Motion Toronto was excited to once again host the local gaming community for a night of free beer, pizza, and of course exciting interactive demonstrations!

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First to present his dev tools was Max Cranley, Director and Co-owner of Trompo Games. The event was actually the first pre-App-store-release demonstration of Trompo’s newest game, Wormarium – and boy, was it a hit.

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Following Max, Colin McCune – Director of Engineering at Sago Sago Toronto, gave Tech in Motion members an inside look at the methodology behind their children’s mobile app games. At their booth later in the evening, Sago even gave out vouchers for free downloads of their games Friends, Forest Flyer, and more!

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Adam Clarke, CEO of Throw Away Games, then gave the audience an overview of the projects they have worked on. In addition to video games like Robo’s World: The Zarnock Fortress and The Stellar Adventures of Cat Damon, that includes cool mobile apps like Pixq and bitgraffiti.

The owner of Throw Away’s collaborator on the game Zarnock, Bluish-Green Productions’ Atilla Branyiczky, then spoke about how he crafted the difficulty curve for the game and his decision to make it bi-directional.

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The interactive gaming focus of this event was popular with the audience. One member, Luis Montecino, summed it up well: “The event was really well done and the companies invited had very interesting projects! Thanks for giving us access to this kind of content!”

Even new members of the Toronto chapter were speaking out about the topic. One attendee, Brad, exclaimed “This was my first meetup! Thanks everyone. Great presentations and lots of fun to meet some cool new people”.

The guests shuffled out at the end of the evening with handfuls of leftover doughy goodness from the #RandomActsofPizza brought to us by our friends and sponsors, Panago Pizza, along with brains full of worms and robots from a truly enlightening night of gaming.

Be sure to join us at our next Tech in Motion event in Toronto! As always, big thank you to our constant sponsorship partner, Jobspring Partners.

San Francisco Celebrates 5,000 Members

About a month ago, Tech in Motion San Francisco celebrated a huge milestone; 5,000 members! The chapter gathered at WeWork SF to celebrate together over drinks and networking. As the afternoon rolled around the venue was quickly transforming from a co-working space to a trendy party scene.

The night was filled with specialty cocktails, pizza, a 5K cake and a photo booth. Members mingled long into the night and clinked their drinks as a toast to Tech in Motion was made.

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In honor of this great milestone Tech in Motion gathered some memorable moments from our very own SF membership over the past few years. See what they had to say:

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The SF chapter has had a fantastic few years growing and exploring the local tech scene with all its members. It wouldn’t have been possible without the continuous groups of people that attend each month!

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As the 5K Member Celebration came to a close at WeWork, members finished up in the game room, had a last piece of cake and took one last round in the photo booth. They left with new connections, excited for the next event and milestone.

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